Ballet Hawaii | The Nutcracker 2018
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The Nutcracker 2018


The Nutcracker

A Holiday Tradition with a Hawaiian Twist


Friday, December 14th at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 15th at 2:00pm
Saturday, December 15th at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 16th at 2:00pm
at the Blaisdell Concert Hall

Tickets available by phone: 800-745-3000 at the Blaisdell Box Office (open Monday – Saturday 9:00 to 5:00) or online 

Tickets are $40 to $125.

Celebrate the Holidays with Ballet Hawaii’s Nutcracker presented with a unique Hawaiian historical theme. Choreography by Septime Webre with guest artists from New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Carolina Ballet. A lavish Hawaiian themed production accompanied by the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet re-interpreted and set in the 1858 Kingdom of Hawaii.


What better way to celebrate the Holidays than by combining a timeless Nutcracker with the grandeur and elegance of the Hawaiian monarchy. Audiences can anticipate all the traditional holiday dance performances but with historical characterizations of Washington Place resident Mary Dominis and Hawaii’s beloved Queen Lili’uokalani. In this production, the flowers are Crown, Hibiscus and Plumeria. The birds are I’iwi and new island animal performers are introduced, such as the Honu (sacred Hawaiian Turtle). The toy soldier uniforms are patterned after those of the Royal Guard and the famous waltz of the snowflakes takes place high upon the slopes of Mauna Kea.  It truly is a delight to behold!


The inspiration for this special performance came when the creative team learned that Mary Dominis held a Christmas Eve children’s party at Washington Place in 1858. At the party Hawaii’s first Christmas tree was lit with candles as Saint Nicholas passed out candies and gifts for all.

A customized production of this quality would not be possible without the support of such sponsors as The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Cades Foundation, Marriott Hotels & Resorts Waikiki, and many others.X



Septime Webre – Choreographer

Ann Krinitsky – Conductor



Angelica Generosa- Sugar Plumeria Fairy
(courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet)

Joaquin DeLuz – Cavalier
(formerly of New York City Ballet)

Lesley Rausch – Snow Queen, Dew Drop
(courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet)

Lucien Postlewaite – Snow King, Hawaiian Warrior (Trepak)
(courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet)

Karel Cruz – David Kalākaua, Lohiau (Arabian)
(formerly of Pacific Northwest Ballet)

Yosbel Delgado – Pueo (Soldier Doll), Nutcracker,
(formerly of Pacific Northwest Ballet)

Luis Ortiz – Drosselmeyer
(formerly of Washington Ballet)

Margaret Severin-Hansen – Hibiscus Doll (Colombine), I’iwi Bird (Marzipan)
(courtesy of Carolina Ballet)

Richard Krusch – Palace Guard, Saltimbanque Doll, Chinese Fisherman
(courtesy of Carolina Ballet)

Timour Bourtasenkov – Consul General Silverhouse, Popoki (Cat)
(formerly of Carolina Ballet)

Micki Kolberg – Lydia Paki (Party Mother), Hi’iaka (Arabian)

Pam Taylor Tongg – Mary Dominis

Carlos Casillas – Grandfather, PiRATe

Derek Daniels – Rat King, Momma Moana

Crystal Yukumoto – Elegant Mother

Raven Matsushita – Seafaring Mother, Orchid

Regina Ahlgren – Big Family Mother

and the Ballet Hawaii Ensemble

*Cast Subject to Change

Design Team

Christine Darch & Kini Zamora & Anne Namba – Costume Design

Holly Highfill – Scenery Design

Gary Flowers – Property Design

Trad A Burns – Lighting Design


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